The High Court on Tuesday issued a contempt of court ruling against two mayors of Dhaka City Corporations and Chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) for their failure to stop illegal car parking and demolish illegal establishments from Dhaka roads.
The HC bench of Justice Md Khasruzzaman and Justice Md Iqbal Kabir issued the rule after hearing a petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB).
The HC also issued another rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to take punitive action against them for not complying with the court order.
Advocate Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner.
In 2015, HRPB filed a writ petition seeking action to stop illegal car parking and demolish illegal establishments from Dhaka streets.
Later, the High Court had issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to demolish unapproved business establishments and illegal establishments.
It had also issued another rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to the Rajuk Chairman to provide a list of illegal car parking management within 60 days.
Following the court order, Rajuk submitted a list of buildings in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara areas.
Rajuk in its report said they have been conducting mobile court drive against illegal establishments since 2016.
The court then asked the building owners to demolish illegal establishments within one month but as the owners did not comply with the court order, the court asked Rajuk authorities to demolish establishments within six months and realised the expenditure from the building owners.
On November 17, 2022, a legal notice was served to the two city mayors and Rajuk chairman regarding the court order.
As they failed to comply with the court order, a contempt of court petition was filed.
Source: United News of Bangladesh